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Suspend Mulayam's programmes: SEC

The step to suspend programmes is taken in serious note of the Governor TV Rajeswar?s move, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 22:17 IST

Taking a serious note of the Governor TV Rajeswar’s move the State Election Commission on Wednesday asked the state government to suspend Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s programmes for distribution of unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan in various divisions from October 20 to November 3.

The State Election Commissioner Aparamita Prasad Singh said he had passed necessary orders that have been communicated to chief minister’s office. With this the SEC has however allowed time to chief minister to go ahead with distribution of unemployment allowance and Kanya Vidya Dhan at Basti and Jhansi proposed to take place on October 19 and November 4 respectively.

An official press release said chief minister would distribute the cheques of unemployment allowance and the Kanya Vidya Dhan to unemployed youths and eligible girls of Sidharth Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar and Basti at government polytechnic Hathiagarh on October 19. The SEC’s orders may however have a direct impact on the programme at Allahabad where the chief minister proposed to visit on October 27, 2006.

There are indications that the state government was contemplating a move to urge SEC to reconsider the decision to suspend the CM’s programmes. A senior officer of chief minister’s office however said state government had received the SEC’s orders. A request urging SEC to reconsider the decision was yet to be made, he said.

Significantly the SEC had earlier allowed the chief minister to hold the programmes to distribute the unemployment allowance and the Kanya Vidya Dhan in rural areas as the model code of conduct was in force in urban areas in the wake of ongoing local bodies elections. In a letter to the SEC the Raj Bhawan had asked the SEC to ban the CM’s programmes.

Earlier the governor had taken a serious note of the SEC’s decision to allow the state government to hold the programmes in rural areas. The governor had discussed the issue with the SEC on October 11, 2006.

Various political parties had stated that the programmes should not be allowed in rural areas as well as youths from urban areas were also among the beneficiaries. Governor had pointed out that the code of conduct should be enforced in such a manner that no political party had any objections.

Meanwhile the UPCC Spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh in a letter to the governor pointed out that the Mulayam Singh Yadav government was continuously violating the model of conduct.

Singh said the chief minister had distributed unemployment allowance and the Kanya Vidya Dhan at Gorakhpur, Meerut, Moradabad and Faizabad in violation of the code of conduct. Singh has quoted section 7 and its sub sections to urge the governor to take an appropriate decision to ensure that local body polls were held in a free and fair manner.